BARMM lauds approval of bill for BTA extension

DAVAO CITY — Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) chief minister Ahod Ebrahim has lauded the passage on its third and final reading of the House Bill 10121 on September 15 resetting that elections from May 2022 to May 2025 and subsequently extend the transition period of the BARMM for another three years.

In a statement, Ebrahim said that the passage of the bill on third reading, by a vote of 187-0-0, “puts us in a better position to ensure that the provisions and agreements in the GPH-MILF peace process are properly implemented.”

“The extension of the transition period will allow the interim Bangsamoro Government to pour in all its efforts in establishing an institution that acknowledges the circumstances of the Bangsamoro, and will provide opportunities for everyone to take part in reshaping our homeland,” he added.

The chief minister also lauded the efforts of Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Esmael Mangudadatu , Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, and Majority Floor Leader Martin Romualdez for pushing for the approval of the bill.

On September 14, President Rodrigo Duterte issued the certificate of urgency on “the necessity of the immediate enactment of House Bill 10121 to give the Bangsamoro transitional government sufficient time to complete its mandate, establish a strong bureaucracy and enact foundational codes essential to the achievement of the aspirations of unity, genuine autonomy, and development in the BARMM.

“We are also grateful to our dear President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for reassuring the success of the Bangsamoro peace process. With his certificate of urgency, we are optimistic that the bicameral conference will go smoothly and a final version of this proposal will immediately pass into law,” Ebrahim concluded.